It has been a busy night. After extensive communication between all relevant parties and HuntEx, it has been established that the breach of the agreement was due to a miscommunication between management and a Range Officer.
We shall find out if this matter has been satisfactorily corrected by tomorrow and Sunday.
In the meantime I retract my call for the continuation of the boycott, and I hope that despite this unfortunate snag we can all continue to support the expo. A retraction of a retraction, who would have thought?
None the less, I would personally like to see this series of incidents investigated, since it places the whole safety focus of the event in jeopardy. The firearm owner in question had to handle and unload his weapon in a tent and not a designated safety area, with none of the recommended equipment to facilitate the safe unloading of his firearm present.
This brings the argument that the previous amendments were in the interests of safety into serious scrutiny, considering that the correct and infinitely less complex procedures could not be adhered to on day one. What is the purpose of prophesising safety when it cannot be correctly safeguarded?
In any case, we as the firearms fraternity shall keep a close eye on developments at the sharp end of this situation, and report on it as matters develop.